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My Brief History La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo Ahora, por primera vez, el cosm logo m s brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evoluci n intelectual Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su ni ez en el Londres de la posguerra a sus a os de fama internacional Espl ndidamente ilustrada con fotograf as poco conocidas, esta autobiograf a concisa, ingeniosa y sincera presenta a un Hawking raramente vislumbrado en sus libros anteriores el alumno inquisitivo cuyos compa eros de clase apodaron Einstein el bromista que una vez hizo una apuesta con un colega sobre los agujeros negros o el joven padre de familia que se esforz por hacerse un sitio en el mundo acad mico Escrito con su humildad y humor caracter sticos, Hawking se sincera sobre los desaf os a los que se enfrent tras ser diagnosticado, cona os, de esclerosis lateral amiotr fica Traza su desarrollo como pensador, explica c mo la perspectiva de una muerte temprana lo empuj hacia numerosos desaf os intelectuales y habla sobre la g nesis de su obra maestra, Historia del tiempo, sin duda una de las obras m s importantes del siglo xx This is a very straightforward, short recount of Stephen Hawking s life told by himself It is beyond inspiring and it left me in complete awe for this man but it was not full of sentimental heartfelt chapters describing his endless struggles in life and his battle against his disability On the contrary, this was mostly facts, facts, facts with the occasional pondering here and there It was not at all difficult to read and only had scientific talk when he described his accomplishments and the This is a very straightforward, short recount of Stephen Hawking s life told by himself It is beyond inspiring and it left me in complete awe for this man but it was not full of sentimental heartfelt chapters describing his endless struggles in life and his battle against his disability On the contrary, this was mostly facts, facts, facts with the occasional pondering here and there It was not at all difficult to read and only had scientific talk when he described his accomplishments and the theories he worked on on cosmology and black holes and the such I m really glad i read this Thanks to Netgalley.com and Random House Publishing Group for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.Cross posted on my blog, The Periodic Table of Elephants.I have never read any Hawking before gasp , so what a place to start, on his autobiography Titled My Brief History is really is brief and to the point.The style of this autobiography is terse, to the point, and mainly about his academic achievements His children and wives get a brief mention, which is reassuring, with the only Thanks to Netgalley.com and Random House Publishing Group for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.Cross posted on my blog, The Periodic Table of Elephants.I have never read any Hawking before gasp , so what a place to start, on his autobiography Titled My Brief History is really is brief and to the point.The style of this autobiography is terse, to the point, and mainly about his academic achievements His children and wives get a brief mention, which is reassuring, with the only other personal story being that of the onset of his disability and the management of it Which is also brief in comparison to the rest of the story.I have thought about why this style may have come about and I have several theories, each may play a role Foremost, he is a scientist, and has given us the facts of his life There was no embellishment, because scientists don t tend to go for all that touchy feely stuff.It takes a lot of effort for Stephen to write He says explicitly that he manages three or four words per minute using his speech system This short autobiography translates to many hours of work Give the guy a break.He is a private guy, and would prefer not to have all his washing hung out Although you do get snippets now and then For instance, when he thought he was dying in the 70s and his children were young, he and his wife decided upon a future father and husband after he was gone The man that was selected moved in to get better acquainted with the children Stephen s condition did not go according to what the doctors predicted and months later his marriage was over It is obvious he did this out of love for his wife and children It is tragic as to how it turned out.The closest autobiography in style to this that comes to mind is Roald Dahl s Boy and Going Solo Both authors give brief tales that are full of facts and not much feelings.So a nice quick read that gives us a look at the personality and work that the amazing man has done over the last 50 or so years Just be careful about your expectations of what this autobiography will give you It will not give you an in depth warts and all account of his whole life But still well worth the read if you are a fan or a fellow scientist interested in how famous academics live and research It has given me the inspiration to move his other works up my to read list I feel like a terrible person giving this book two stars I m sure Mr Hawking has farimportant things to do, think about, and write about than himself and it shows in the book One wonders why he bothered or why he didn t hire a biographer to write aconcise story instead of making it a slim volume autobiography I m sure, given the speed at which he works, this was still an impressive achievement, but as far as an informative biography of a fascinating person, it fails to achie I feel like a terrible person giving this book two stars I m sure Mr Hawking has farimportant things to do, think about, and write about than himself and it shows in the book One wonders why he bothered or why he didn t hire a biographer to write aconcise story instead of making it a slim volume autobiography I m sure, given the speed at which he works, this was still an impressive achievement, but as far as an informative biography of a fascinating person, it fails to achieve depth or really deliver very much actual information In that it descends into brief recaps of some of his scientific theories is also a bit of a problem sure, these are things he worked on but with only the briefest historical context and, given the amount of space provided, it s not well explained or diagrammed, unlike in his science books focused on his work all of which are very good Again, I feel like I should give him a break under his circumstance, but as he says at the end, disabled people should concentrate on what they do well and Hawking can think and write very well But maybe he can t orlikely doesn t care to go into enough depth to make ainteresting biography That leaves the book what it is A very brief history Stephen Hawking s autobiography is 126 pages long, and would have probably been less than a hundred without the many photographs included However, considering that Hawking s maximum typing speed is 3 4 words per minute, we should be grateful he decided to spend the time to write this book.The first half of My Brief History briefly goes into Hawking s early years he was born exactly three hundred years after Galileo s death , family, education, career, first marriage, and A very brief history Stephen Hawking s autobiography is 126 pages long, and would have probably been less than a hundred without the many photographs included However, considering that Hawking s maximum typing speed is 3 4 words per minute, we should be grateful he decided to spend the time to write this book.The first half of My Brief History briefly goes into Hawking s early years he was born exactly three hundred years after Galileo s death , family, education, career, first marriage, and the years following his diagnosis with ALS I ll admit, I wascurious about Hawking s life and career than his illness, and only decided to pick this up after the blog Caustic Cover Critic gave the publishers credit for not giving the bio a standard Hawking in wheelchair cover The cover image, taken during Hawking s time at Oxford, is included in its full glory on pages 34 35 in the book and below , and I for one would like a giant framed photograph, please.The second half of the book delves into Hawking s career as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, including his work on gravitational waves, black holes, and time travel I was never very good at ordinary physics, so the theoretical stuff tends to go way over my head a sure sign that I should try reading A Brief History of Time, Hawking s most famous work An interesting bio, brief and to the point Fans of chunky biographies should look elsewhere.The Boat Club at play, pp 34 35

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